Since we opened the site, we’ve had quite a lot of interest in how we do things. Instead of repeating our answers, we’ve put together this handy FAQ for everyone to read. We’ve covered the most common questions we see, so there many always be things we’ve not covered here.
- How do your review scores work?
- Can you please explain how to read your review score?
- How are your reviews released?
- Why did you give XX a terrible score?, I’m not happy.
- How often are guides updated?
- How long does it take to write a guide?
- I found some mistakes, what do I do?
- I have seen this guide and/or information posted elsewhere, how come?
- How do you capture gameplay footage?
- How do you edit your footage?
- I want to record my own videos, where do I start?
- How can I do this cheaply?, the software and hardware costs too much?
- Will you Sub4Sub or Like4Like my channel?
- I feel that my videos and content are worth youtube partnership, how did you get yours?
This site didn’t really start as a website, it started as a small youtube channel which has slowly grown over the past three years. The channel started out as a hobby channel which operated under a different name, then a year later we decided to open a dedicated channel. From then on the channel started to grow, and so did our ambition. A small group of us got together and worked hard to set up this full website which you see today. The site started off fairly slow but slow gathered the interest of various gamers. The site is a totally free gaming resource which covers all platforms and aspects of gaming. You may not find every single thing you’re looking for, but we’re always looking to expand into new areas.
There are several ways to get involved with LE. We welcome any site promotion what so ever, so spread the word. If you want to become a more core member of the site though, you will need to submit an author application via the application page. We’re looking for all levels of writers and reviewers, so please don’t hesitate to apply if you’re interested in working with the site.
As we’re a relatively small website, we do our best to cover the latest and greatest, but that’s not always the case. Our guide collection ranges from older arcade games, to newer retail titles. We haven’t covered everything that there is, but we’re always writing new guides for either older release titles or new.
If you don’t see a guide on the site, you can request one via the contact page, but this is not something we guarantee as it depends on our authors time schedules and who has access to the game.
With today’s review scores there’s a lot of controversy surrounding the ratings. There’s a rather large group of readers who consider titles with less than an 8 or perfect score to be below average and terrible. Here at Lead Example we’ve decided to explain how our scores work, and what our ratings mean.
As you can see by chart below, we use the general averages for our reviews. Our average title rating is around 5/6 where as anything above is good/excellent, and below is bad/terrible. Our scoring system may not be perfect, but we think it’s a lot better than considering any title being less than an 8 to be terrible and a waste of time and money.
Avoid It: At all costs avoid paying for this title. There’s very few games that fall into this category, but if you’re brave and want to experience the title in question regardless, pick it up used or rent it.
Rent It: The title is worth playing, but possibly not worth full retail price. Check it out as you may be surprised.
Try It: You could think of this as an adoption of “Rent It”, but what we really mean is it’s worth a shot the time and money to play.
Buy It: This should be obvious, but if we think it’s worth the money, we recommend you buy the title.
If you’re someone who follows reviews to build an opinion on if you should avoid, rent, try or buy a title. Then please note that our reviews are our own opinions. Not everyone shares the same opinions, so one persons 10, maybe another persons 1.
One thing we would like to state with today’s games and review standards is that the majority of games have bugs. This is almost unavoidable as titles get far more complex. Regardless of scores, there are always going to be bugs or glitches in game titles. There’s no such thing as a perfect game. But if run into any serious issues, we will mention them in our reviews. A perfect score doesn’t always mean a game is perfect, but it may have an extremely enjoyable experience, great story, fun gameplay and a provide the player with everything they paid for.
Our scores are broken up into sections. Each section gets its own score. All our scores are a scale from 1-10, see the chart above. As we score each section of the title separately, we end up with an overall score for audio, gameplay, story/writing and so on.
Our overall scores do not affect the final score of our review. The final score we give the title you’re reading about is what we think the game deserves overall. We thought about taking averages into account, but this doesn’t always amount to a fair score. Having overall scores for each section, and a final overall score of what we think of the game makes more sense to us.
We apply for our review copies which are then sent to us from either publisher, developer and PR firms. Once we have the title we then play through and write our reviews accordingly. Once our review is finished we then hold the review until the embargo lifts. From here we then post our review to the site so you can read through our experiences.
Once the review is sent live, we then send a copy of the review to the previously mentioned sources to use.
What we don’t do is send reviews back to sources early for approval. Everything you see and read will remain untouched once the review goes live. Any firm which requests that we supply reviews for administration before release will be blacklisted from future reviews. We work hard to keep our independence, and having our content edited or altered before release is something we don’t believe in.
If we happen to alter a review due to patches or various other reason, there will be a notice of alternation of the review in question.
Just like you, we have our own opinions on the titles you’re reading into. Not everyone has the same tastes and the reviews are our own opinions. You don’t have to like what we have to say, which is fine. You’re welcome to your opinions, just as we are to ours.
In general, most game guides stay the same, unless there is new information to apply to each guide. Some guides may contain out of date or incorrect information due to patch updates and so on. So if this happens we try to keep on top of it. Once a guide is finished, we usually don’t need to apply anymore information unless the previous situation appears.
This is almost impossible to answer as it depends on the game, the type of guide and the information needed to complete the guide. Some guides take a few hours, some take a few weeks. But it all depends on the information going in, if there are videos, and other general production related tasks. Once a guide is complete, that guide will then be reviewed and appear on the site within 24 hours of completion.
If there are mistakes or issues with a guide, you can e-mail us via the contact page. We don’t always catch every mistake, we’re only human. But if you do spot something, please let us know so we can correct the issue.
Even though we have a dedicated staff, we don’t see it fair to restrict them to just this website. We create the content we do to help others, and allowing our authors to share their content is a must. Some of our authors may wish to post their content on other websites, which is a fair call by the authors as it’s their work they’re sharing. If you happen to come across one of our authors work on another site which hasn’t been posted or approved by the author themselves, please let us know as plagiarism is a serious issue.
Currently we’re using a Elgato Game Capture HD which captures through Elgato EyeTV3.
All of our footage is captured in 720p, then exported and edited using Final Cut.
Before you decide that you want to record your own videos, there’s quite a lot to learn about video, capture and the hardware needed. I personally recommend that you learn about basic video editing, then about the hardware needed to capture game footage. Once you know the basics and have a general idea of what is required, then the final step before you start your own video productions will be buying the hardware and software required.
Sadly, if you want a quality output, you will need to put in the money. There are several cheap alternatives for video editing, and there are also cheap alternative capture hardwares, but they usually don’t function quite as well as the higher priced ones. These is a rather expensive venture, so be prepared for a rather expensive start up.
Simply, no. Doing these two things won’t get you anywhere in the youtube world, if your content is worth the like, or subscribers, people will do so on their own accord.
I feel that my videos and content are worth youtube partnership, how did you get yours?
As our channel is still extremely small, we have to shop around for the best network to join. Right now we’re partnered with Maker Studios through their RPM division. There’s a lot to take into consideration when trying to partner your channel, and I suggest that you read up on how the networks work, what they require to be part of their network, and how they function.